Group Purchasing Gives Buying Power to SMBs

Anyone who is in procurement knows that high-volume purchases mean discounts and oftentimes, leverage. Most small businesses don’t have the need – or the pocketbook – to achieve either. However, when small businesses combine their resources for group purchasing, their negotiating position is significantly strengthened. UNA, launched in 2012, is one of several group purchasing organizations…

Deloitte - chief procurement officer survey

Procurement’s Biggest Priorities: Cost, Risk, & New Product Development

Cost reduction, new products/market development, and managing risks continue to be the biggest priorities for procurement leaders, according to Deloitte’s global chief procurement officer (CPO) 2018 report. These leaders also are working to better align procurement and business priorities to deliver value by focusing on strategies such as consolidating spend, reducing total life cycle/ownership costs…

Arrow Electronics: A Necessary Evolution in a Perilous Market

Arrow Electronics Inc. is knee-deep in the most consequential evolution in its history, one that has the potential to result in a complete transformation of its business and heavily impact the entire electronics value chain by forcing a reshaping of the design, engineering, new product introduction, procurement and the entire supply chain. Once finished, the…

Jaggaer - digital procurement survey

Are You Ready for Digital Procurement?

The answer is not yet, according to a new survey released by JAGGAER in cooperation with the Austrian Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BMÖ). Although the survey finds a majority of companies wary of using the newest technologies, including blockchain, robotic process automation (RPA), and digital assistants/chatbots in their procurement organizations, they…

JAGGAER to Acquire BravoSolution

JAGGAER, a leading independent spend management technology company, today announced that it plans to acquire BravoSolution from Italmobiliare S.p.A., subject to customary closing conditions, effectively rendering JAGGAER the largest independent, vertically focused spend management solutions company in the world. JAGGAER will have over 1,850 customers connected to a network of 3.7 million suppliers in 70…

OEM Re-Verticalization is Squeezing Semiconductor and Distribution TAM

Verticalization – or the more modern version of it – is in vogue again and its embrace by the biggest and most powerful OEMs is roiling the electronics industry as the opportunities and sizes of markets served by semiconductor makers, component distributors and software developers shrink further, forcing a re-evaluation of their roles, offerings and…